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Scottish Cheese Trail

Scotland has some of the world's finest cheeses, many handmade in superb rural locations, well worth a visit. Scottish cheese trail will take you on a virtual gastronomic tour of these delicacies for you to savour all year round.

Award-winning soft and hard cheeses from cow, ewe and goat are all available in Scotland. Many cheesemakers welcome visitors to their dairies, and have fascinating tales to tell.
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63 Tay Street
Perthshire Members
PH2 8NN
Tel:01738 441451
http://www.63taystreet.com
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Catering in Scotland Excellence Chef of the Year Award 2013, a well deservedrhs_graeme16 accolade and still going from strength to strength.

Stylish venue, immaculate city dining with imaginative dishes from one of Scotland's finest. The restaurant sits right on the banks of the Tay. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.

Not only is Chef Patron Graeme Pallister highly skilled and talented in the kitchen but Graeme also works enthusiastically with local schools supporting the Slow Food Movement and devising ways to link future generations with how food is produced. He also has an interesting blog on his website and is passionate about Scottish artisan cheeses. His CHEESEBOARD is all Scottish artisan cheeses. Bravo Graeme!

LOCHINVER
Highlands & Northern Islands Members
IV27 4LP
Tel:01571 844407
http://www.thealbannach.co.uk
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Lesley and Colin have a truly special place here and have deservedly received a Michelin Star. They use neighbouring Highland Stoneware pottery to set the stage for their highly creative dishes and grow many of their vegetables themselves. It is amazing what you can grow so far north when you are skilful and dedicated. 

Their renowned CHEESEBOARD can be seen on the Cheese Map link on Scottish Cheese Trail.

Their passion for sourcing the best is well known far from these shores and this star shines as brightly as ever. If you haven’t visited for a while it is surely time to return – but be sure to book! They are Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club and together Lesley and Colin have created sublime meals for over 20 years at The Albannach and it always a pleasure to return to this truly special place.

Cardross
Helensburgh
G825HD
Tel:01389 849188
http://www.ardardan.co.uk
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Fantastic range of local produce including bakery, meats, fruit and vegetables in this beautifully refurbished farm shop. They sell their own delicious highland beef and lamb and also support other award-winning producers in their chill counter.

There is an amazing CHEESE COUNTER complete with olive bar. With such a great range of fine produce it is easy to create a gift hamper with the pretty baskets on sale or buy one ready made for someone special.

Check out their café entry too. With café, farm shop, woodland walk and walled garden this exceptional family run estate is a joy to visit.

Arden
Alexandria
Loch Lomond
G83 8RF
Tel:01389 850240
https://www.facebook.com/auchentullichfarmshop
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This is a prime example of a wonderful farm shop and Loch Lomond is lucky to have them! They have their own herd of Highland Cattle plus additional meats in their chiillers from other local suppliers and a range of pies from the Aberfoyle Butcher. We bought some of their own Highland Beef and slow cooked it on our log stove...wow...these traditional breeds taste superb.

They have a full range range of lovely artisan cheeses on their CHEESE COUNTER, better than many a city deli, plus bread deliveries from Mhor and a lovely selection of rapeseed oil, jams, chutneys and other goodies. There are a few stools by their log stove to tarry a while with a top notch coffee and delicious home baking so you need not hurry!

Kinclaven
STANLEY
By PERTH
Perthshire Members
PH1 4QN
Tel:01250 883268
http://www.ballathiehousehotel.com
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Turreted fairytale architecture with fine food and wonderful relaxing ambience is signature to this gracious hideaway by Perth. Guests at Ballathie are usually lucky enough to see some of the many red squirrels that live here on the estate. With its glorious riverside location a stay here is pure magic. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club. 2014  Winner of Catering in Scotland Excellence Awards, Independent Hotel of the Year.

Congratulations to Ballathie for winning Best CHEESEBOARD in Scotland and the UK Award at the British Cheese Awards. (October 2013). Ballathie’s General Manager says: “It’s the latest example of the great culinary strides we’re achieving at Ballathie to make it a major dining destination. Cheese is part of Britain’s food heritage and an important part of a meal.” I couldnt agree more!

 

Maybole

Ayrshire
KA19 7JS
Tel:01655 750163
http://www.barwheysdairy.co.uk
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  • UNPASTEURISED COWS' MILK FROM OWN PEDIGREE AYRSHIRE HERD
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BARWHEYS is a hard Ayrshire cheese from the unpasteurised milk of their pedigree Ayrshire cattle. The handmade cheeses are bandaged in traditional cotton cheesecloth, and carefully aged on wooden shelves for between 9 and 12 months. This is a magnificient traditional cheese with an excellent rounded flavour.

Some cheeses are SMOKED and there is also a new arrival on the scene, in limitedRHS_barwheys_Cheese_Labels_Gold_copy.jpg supply, the BARWHEYS BEASTIE - a mature wonderfully complex cheese destined for Burns Suppers. No onsite retail - stockists include George Mews Cheese Shop on Byres Road and many more listed on their weblink.

Barwheys was awarded Gold Medals at the 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 Royal Highland Shows. We were also awarded Reserve Overall Champion and Best Speciality Scottish Cheese at the 2015 Royal Highland Show.

Cambus O’May
BALLATER
Aberdeenshire
AB35 5SD
Tel:01339 753113
http://www.cambusomay.com
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  • UNPASTEURISED MILK FROM OWN HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN COWS
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“Fine Scottish, artisanal cheese made from our own family recipes using unpasteurised milk and hand crafted using traditional methods from our creamery in the heart of Aberdeenshire. Our recipes haven't changes in 50 years nor has the way we make our cheese. Pure, unadulterated, unpasteurised goodness. Made with love to be consumed with passion.

Cambus O’May - hand pressed 2 day curd cheese melts in your mouth with a finishcouriercambus.jpg that leaves you dreaming of days gone by. Strong and creamy, the flagship cheese is nutty and flavoursome. This is the first authentic reproduction of this cheese since the 70′s based on Barbara Reid’s traditional farmhouse recipe.

Lairig Ghru - an old fashioned cheese with an old fashioned flavour. A moist crumbly texture with a pleasant tang and full finish. Those that have trekked this ancient mountain pass will associate with the crumbly and long finish notes!

Lochnagar - the creamy texture mimics the smooth Western slopes of the mountain; sharp acidity and after taste reflect the jagged edge of the Eastern cliffs of Lochnagar!

Auld Lochnagar - an age-old family recipe almost as old as the mountain itself. The ancient art of cheese-making was as much about maturing as it was about the process. Alex, too, believes in allowing a cheese to mature fully. Auld Lochnagar is a perfect example as it gently matures up to 12 months for the full depth of flavour to develop.

Auld Reekie - carefully developed to combine the flavours and textures of traditional cheese with a delicate wood and whisky finish using local traditional smoking methods.

2015 Food Secretary Richard Lochhead launched a bid for Cambus O’May cheese to be granted Protected Food Name (PFN) status. 

All their cheeses have distinctive aromatic flavours to appreciate. You will find them at local farmer's markets.

Milton of Connage
Ardersier
Inverness
IV2 7QU
Tel:01667 462000
http://www.connage.co.uk
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  • PASTEURISED & UNPASTEURISED MILK FROM OWN HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN, NORWEGIAN REDS, JERSEY & JERSEY CROSS COWS
  • VEGETARIAN RENNET
  • CERTIFIED ORGANIC BY SOIL ASSOCIATION
  • CHEESE PANTRY SHOP & CAFE

The Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Forum’s Ambassador of the Year 2015. Multi award winning cheeses handcrafted from organic milk produced on the family farm by Ardersier. In 2013 it was named one of top ten cheeses in Britain. There are events throughout the season so check their website for details.........also seen on Hairy Bikers Programme! Supplier to the 2012 Olympic Games Competitors Village and Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014. Also home of the Cheese Pantry and Café.

A family business in the true sense of the word, Connage is owned by brothers Callumcelebrationcheeseconnage.jpg and Cameron and their wives Jill and Eileen. Callum and Jill manage the cheese side of the business using years of experience to produce their fully traceable multi award winning cheeses. Cameron and Eileen undertake the majority of the work on the farm themselves, from breeding and managing the dairy herd to milking them. The cows graze the luscious clover pastures by the dairy and along the shores of the Moray Firth. 

Connage soft and hard cheeses include:

 

West Craigie Farm
South Queensferry
EH30 9TR
Tel:0131 319 1048
http://www.craigies.co.uk
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This beautiful café has terrific views over the Forth and is a pleasant short drive from the city centre on the road to the bridge near South Queensferry. They have a comprehensive range of the best Scottish artisan cheeses on their CHEESE COUNTER. In their cafe they serve a hot dish of the day, light dishes, salads, terrines, soups and home baking.

Great supporters of local and home grown produce and a super place to eat. 2009 Winners of the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Food, the Sinclair family have been local food heroes for many years with their lovely jams and chutneys from their West Craigie Jam Kitchen and their wonderful farm soft fruits available in punnets from the shop or pick-your-own.

Alongside their cafe they also have a great deli with many locally sourced meats, fish and provisions such as Brodies teas and coffees. Well worth a visit... again and again.

Rainton
Gatehouse of Fleet
Castle Douglas
DG7 2DR
Tel:01557 814040
http://www.creamogalloway.co.uk
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  • CHEESEMAKER
  • UNPASTEURISED MILK FROM OWN MONTBELLIER, SWEDISH RED & HOLSTEIN COWS
  • VEGETARIAN RENNET
  • ON FARM CAFE & RETAIL
  • CERTIFIED ORGANIC BY SOIL ASSOCIATION

Already famous for their fabulous ice cream, the Finlay family have reintroduced cheese making to Rainton Farm in 2013 after a 40 year break giving an cream_o_gall_cheese.jpgopportunity to experiment and explore the flavours and textures of different types of cheese. They now have a list of firm favourites, a mixture of soft, spreadable cheeses and hard, sweet farmhouse cheeses, all made by hand.

The Finlay family has been farming at Rainton since the 1920s. Their organic and green credentials are superb; their visitor centre perfect for families and their delightfully creamy ice cream in a great range of flavours has resulted in many awards and well deserved recognition.

  • Carrick - sweet hard cheese with a rounded, flavoursome character.
  • Traditional Carrick -  Best UK Organic Cheese 2015
  • Laganory- light, crumbly; clean tasting with a pleasant tang.
  • Rainton Tomme - creamy crumbly flavoursome Swiss style cheese.
  • Traditional Laganory - traditionally made farmhouse hard cheese.

Congratulations also to Sarah Haworth, their cheesemaker, who received Silver Award in the Novice Cheesemaker Category  2015 for the Carrick.

Finlay's Farmhouse Cheese is available at their visitor centre, online and from local shops.

West Clerkland Farm
Stewarton
KA3 5LP
Tel:01560 482494
http://www.dunlopdairy.co.uk
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  • PASTEURISED MILK FROM OWN AYRSHIRE COWS
  • OWN GOATS' MILK CHEESES TOO
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  • ON FARM RETAIL & CAFE
  • PGI STATUS

Dunlop Dairy is a Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop cheesemaker based near Stewarton Ayrshire, with a range of farmhouse cheese you can taste and buy in their Cheese Shop and Tearoom. The Dunlop cheese is in the final stages of PGI  (Protected Geographical Indication) status.

Ann has a lovely shop and cafe with not only her artisan cheese on sale but also gifts and a great range of home bakes in her tearoom.

Hard cheeses…

  • Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop - native cheese to area hence the name Dunlop. It is like cheddar but moister – made with Ayrshire cows milk. Depending how long it is matured, it comes in mild, mature and smoked....
  • Bonnet - hard goats’ milk cheese matured for several months.

Soft cheeses …

  • Aiket - Camembert style soft cows’ milk cheese covered with a bloomy white dunlop_display.jpg
    rind.
  • Glazert - Bloomy white mould ripened soft goats’ milk cheese.
  • Clerkland Crowdie - A soft fresh cows’ milk cheese. Fresh as in not ripened so it is ready to eat as soon as it is made. This is an excellent example of traditional farmhouse crowdie and the only one in Scotland made with Ayrshire cows. They also do this cheese from goats milk but it doesn’t have a name so is sold as goat curd.
  • Paddy’s Milestone & Ailsa Craig - These are made from cows’ milk and goats’ milk respectively. They are named after the famous rock in the Firth of Clyde because they resemble the shape of Ailsa Craig.
  • Some cheeses may be unpasteurised so please check range at time of purchase
Walston Braehead Farm
Ogscastle
Carnwath
ML11 8NE
Tel:01899 810257
http://www.erringtoncheese.co.uk
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  • UNPASTEURISED MILK FROM THEIR OWN LACAUNE EWES
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Humphrey Errington started making sheep's cheese on his family run farm in the 80's and is justly renowned for the famous ewe's milk Lanark Blue, and White. His daughter Selina now runs the cheese-making business and introduced Corra Linn, a hard sheep’s cheese matured for 6 – 10 months.

Lanark Blue is the famous, Scottish mould ripened ewes’ milk cheese, sometimes described as “Scotland’s Roquefort.”

“All our cheese is handmade in our farmhouse creamery from unpasteurized milk. Ourerr2
sheep graze hillsides 1000ft above sea level, overlooking the valley of the upper Clyde.”

They also produce Dunsyre Blue and Maisie’s Kebbuck, a white cheese, both from the cow’s milk, from the somewhat rarer British Fresian herd on Jim Struthers' Auchmeden Farm. 

Their small team of staff have been with them many years and many restaurants have proudly served this cheese on their cheeseboards almost since Humphrey began, he has such a loyal following.

No onsite farm shop but available in many good farm shops and delis including Clan Carmichael, Valvona & Crolla and Henderson's. Click link to see their mouth-watering website and more stockists.

Millairies Farm
Sorbie
Newton Stewart
DG8 8AL
Tel:01988 850224
http://www.gallowayfarmhousecheese.co.uk
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  • CHEESEMAKER
  • UNPASTEURISED MILK FROM OWN FRIESLAND SHEEP & FRIESIAN COWS
  • ALSO GOATS' CHEESE
  • VEGETARIAN RENNET
  • SOIL ASSOCIATION ORGANIC CERTIFICATION
  • FROM EWE TO YOU, ON FARM RETAIL

“In 1989 we started milking a small flock of Friesland sheep, and in 1990 started producing our organic “Cairnsmore” ewes cheese. In recent years we have extended our range to include goats' cheese and organic cows' cheeses. The flavours include smoked, green peppercorns, and natural rind. Cairnsmore Cow's cheese is a hard pressed cheese and matured for at least 5 months.  In the summer months we make fresh ricotta from the whey.

In 2015 we have launched “Millairies” – a semi -hard cheese rinded in our cheesegalloway.jpg cellar under the mill.  It is made with cows' and ewes' milk.

Next year we will be starting to milk our own organic Friesian cows to help expand the business for the next generation. We are delighted to have just won “Dairy Provider 2015” at the Food Awards Scotland 2015.”

They also have a lovely onsite shop, EWE TO YOU, with sheep related crafts - sheepskin rugs, fleeces and smaller gift items, plus local foodie items...and of course a wonderful cheese counter with their own cheeses!

The Royal Highland Centre
Ingliston
Edinburgh
EH28 8NB
Tel:0131 333 0965
http://www.gardeningscotland.com
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This year at Gardening Scotland (Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th June 2016) Scottish Food Guide returns to its exclusive Pavilion in the Highland Hall at Ingliston. Wendy passionately supports local producers and was on the Stand with SFG Members and their produce to taste and buy.

Special guests this year are award-winning producers: Macbeth's Butcher & Game DealerSt Andrews Farmhouse Cheese, Tiphereth Organic Jams & Chutneys, Scottish Fruit Company, Wester Ross Salmon, and Isle of Skye Sea Salt

Wendy also cooks up recipes with the Stand produce in the theatre - here are the recipe leaflets. 

58-60 South Street
Elgin
IV30 4JY
Tel:01343 545111
http://www.gordonandmacphail.com
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We at G&M stock over 80 different cheese all cut fresh to purchase, lots of local suppliers are used. We also use these local cheese suppliers to match our range of whisky with cheese.

Whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail were awarded the title of Global Whisky Retailer of the Year for a single outlet at the Icons of Whisky Awards 2009. Family owned, proprietors of Benromach Distillery, renowned wine and spirits experts. A fantastic find for foodies on Elgin's South Street has not only the world's most extensive range of whiskies but also an excellent deli with an impressive CHEESE COUNTER.

Ratagan
Glenshiel
Nr KYLE OF LOCHALSH
Highlands & Northern Islands Members
IV40 8HP
Tel:01599 511331
http://www.housebytheloch.co.uk
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Beautiful home on the shores of Loch Duich where you can enjoy imaginative dinners in their conservatory restaurant. The views of the loch and birdlife flitting around are really special. They have a wonderful range of local produce from artisan producers on their mouth watering dinner menus. Tony's menus and skills in the kitchen are really superb.

Their CHEESEBOARD suggestions can be seen on the Cheese Map link on Scottish Cheese Trail.

South of Kyle, look out for the turning to the original Skye ferry, Grants is perfect for visiting Kintail, Kyle of Lochalsh and Skye and only a moment's drive from the main road. They also offer Gourmet Weekends and Wine Tasting Breaks. Booking essential. A real find.

Liz also offers a very useful range of courses from REHIS Food Hygiene to Drinks Licensing, Health and Safety. A handy person to know so here is her link too for further information. www.tkmtraining.co.uk

Bruar Falls
Blair Atholl
PH18 5TW
Tel:01796 483236
http://www.houseofbruar.com
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A perfect place to break the journey on the A9 - or just a great place for a day trip. House of Bruar has developed from an interesting foodie stop with some well chosen ladies and gents' clothing, into a very substantial retail outlet - delicatessan, kitchenware, clothing, home and garden.

Check out Scottish Cheese Map for further info on their CHEESE COUNTER. The Food Hall is superb. Remember to take your chill bag to bring home the cheeses and meats! By the way there are also the beautiful Falls of Bruar so you can walk off that chocolate cake afterwards!

Recently extended, the restaurant is as good as ever with local butchers' sausages and haggis, gourmet seafood counter and tasy buffet options. All self service. 

Home Farm
Isle of Arran - Brodick
KA27 8DD
Tel:01770 302788
http://www.arranscheeseshop.co.uk
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  • RETAIL SHOP, BRODICK

Family business on the Isle of Arran with a range of flavoured cheddars, from Classic Island Cheddar to mouthwatering intriguing variations. Founded in 1991, the Kinniburgh family purchased the Island Cheese Company in 2003.

In 2004 they purchased Bellevue Cheese Company, also on Arran, where Calum produces Award Winning handmade Arran Blue, Arran Mist (Brie) and Camembert Cheeses.

They are well known as “Arran’s Cheese Shop” at the Home Farm Visitors Centre, a mile north of Brodick, where their range of pasteurised cows’ milk cheeses are hand dipped in different coloured waxes to differentiate the flavours, giving it its distinctive look: Chives, Lochranza Whisky, Hebridean Herb, Claret, Mustard, Smoked Garlic and Oak Smoked to name but a few. He also creates miniature deluxe cheddars, perfectly sized to fit on the local oatcakes. Also available online and through many mainland outlets. Their full range of blue and soft cheeses are also available at their attractive shop.

Ravenstar
24 Vatisker
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Isle of Lewis, Western Isles
HS2 0JS
Tel:+44 (0) 1851 820517
http://www.isleoflewischeese.co.uk
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  • UNPASTEURISED & PASTEURISED MILK FROM OWN BRITISH TOGGENBURG GOATS
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Thanks to the work and dedication of this couple, Lewis now has artisan cheese. Along goat2with their home grown vegetables and free range eggs, this croft has Hebridean sheep, pigs and of course goats for cheese production in their micro dairy.

Products include...

  • Crowdie, Pasteurised Cow's milk
  • White Raven (Fitheach Geal), a Raw Goat's milk hard cheese, waxed and matured for a minimum of 4 months before it is sold. It is a creamy textured, flavoursome cheese  with medium strength and a pleasant after-taste.
  • Brìgh nan Eilean (Essence of the Isles), a Brie type cheese, Pasteurised Goat's milk
  • Vatisker, Pasteurised Goats' milk

They are happy to sell their cheeses direct from the dairy, but are not a shop so please ring in advance to check. They have an online shop on their website so click on link and their cheeses are widely available throughout the Islands. They also have a B&B and a Blacksmith's Forge!

J Reade & Sons
Sgriob-Ruadh Farm
By Tobermory
Isle of Mull
PA75 6QD
Tel:01688 302627
http://www.isleofmullcheese.co.uk
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  • CHEESEMAKER
  • UNPASTEURISED MILK FROM OWN BROWN SWISS, FRIESIAN, SWEDISH RED, NORWEGIAN RED & MEUSE RHINE ISSEL COWS
  • TRADITIONAL RENNET
  • FARM SHOP
  • CAFE 

This family of farmhouse artisan cheesemakers use their own dairy herds and traditional methods to produce award-winning unpasteurized Traditional Isle of Mull, and Hebridean Blue cheeses, along with Cloth Bound Tobermory Truckles and naturally flavoured wax coated Isle of Mull Flavells.

In 1979, Jeff and Chris Reade moved to the then derelict Sgriob-ruadh Farm.cheese_labels_mull.jpg Together with their four sons and driven by their own enterprise, ingenuity, skill, and hard work, they built a working farm with cow housing, milking parlour, cheesemaking room and cellars. Chris, Garth, Brendan and Shelagh continue to cultivate Isle of Mull cheese today and the 3rd generation is in training! The family is proud to be one of the island’s largest employers. The dairy, bakery and houses are powered by a hydroelectric plant, wind turbine and log burners.
Folk staying in the farm's holiday cottages can enjoy their indoor swimming pool,  heated with reclaimed heat from cooling the evening milk down and the air conditioning equipment used in the dairy!

iomc_baord2Cheese produced from raw milk has many layers of flavours and they endeavour to preserve the natural flora found in the milk (the terroir) by milking directly into the cheese vat. A truly sustainable and holistic way to produce cheese.

Summers are short on the island, so the herd are housed in large sheds over winter, to protect them from the wild island weather. They are fed a balanced diet of hay, silage and draff, from the distillery in Tobermory a mile or so away. Summers are wonderful, bright and fresh with long days. The cows graze on rich organic grass.

Over the years the cheese has matured with flavours that range from sweet andiomc_cafe.jpg boozy to rich, savoury, and mellow. 

The dairy, close by the island's delightfully colourful principal town of Tobermory, also has a farm shop, beautiful cafe and ceramics. Their fine reputation means the cheeses can be found on many excellent specialist cheese counters, so please ask for them!

17 Queensferry Street
City of Edinburgh Members
EH2 4QW
Tel:0131 226 1890
http://www.lescargotblanc.co.uk
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This bistro has the delightful tagline 'French Twist Using The Best of Scotland' and it truly does. Both these delightful bistros are totally French in style yet proud of their use of Scottish produce. Meats, usually named by breed, are often slow cooked for full flavour; fish and shellfish are skilfully cooked with a lightness of touch. 

The Auld Alliance is alive here and Fred & Betty have their own version of 'entente-cordiale'. Fred seeks out others that share his passion for excellence. He is very involved in the Slow Food Movement, often hosting fascinating Big Table events linked with local Slow Food Convivium.

One evening we dined we had steaming pots of moules mariniere, excellent vegetarian woodland mushroom vol au vents and an individual pot au feu brimming with braised lamb and roots slow cooked in their juices. 

Originally only upstairs, Fred has newly opened (Nov 2015) at ground floor level Bar à Vin where he is offering a fine selection of wines with top notch range of finest local & French charcuterie with Scottish and Auld Alliance CHEESEBOARD. This is a fabulous meeting place for conviviality and fun, relishing Fred's creative platters of artisan produce.

Finalist, Catering in Scotland Excellence Award Chef of the Year 2016

Scottish Food & Drink Excellence Awards in association with RHASS Food Pioneer Award 2016

They also have the lovely L'escargot Bleu on Broughton Street.

Loch Arthur Camphill Community
Beeswing

Dumfries
DG2 8JQ
Tel:01387 259669
http://www.locharthur.org.uk
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  • CHEESEMAKER
  • UNPASTEURISED MILK FROM OWN DAIRY SHORTHORN & MEUSE RHINE ISSEL COWS
  • VEGETARIAN RENNET
  • ON FARM RETAIL, BAKERY, BUTCHERY & CAFE
  • CERTIFIED ORGANIC BY SOIL ASSOCIATION & BIODYNAMIC AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION

crannog.jpgSuppliers of an excellent range of fresh, soft and matured cheeses including Loch Arthur Farmhouse Cheese, Crannog, Kebbuck, wonderful butter and fresh cheese products such as Feta. With many awards and even more devotees!

They have a top notch cheese counter and of course they also use their cheese in the cafe. You can buy cheese books and cheese kits too!

The Loch Arthur Creamery and Farmshop's new buildings are now in their second yearlocharthurexterior.jpg  and a great asset to the region, offering not only a fine selection of their award-winning handmade organic cheese and dairy products made onsite but also a fantastic selection of their own organic and locally produced foods: • Breads and rolls baked fresh daily in their own bakery • Organic meats from their own and locally reared animals butchered in their butchery • A remarkable selection of organic fruit and vegetables • Cakes, pies, biscuits, dips, chutneys, and much more, produced in their Farm Shop kitchen ...and even local pottery. A very fine farm shop in a delightful rural setting.

Their lovely Café serves a delightful selection of cakes, soups and light meals produced from the finest ingredients….predominantly organic and very fresh. It has already become a much appreciated meeting place in Dumfries and Galloway, and a very welcome addition to what was already a very special place.

 

Rothiemurchus Centre
by Aviemore
Inverness-shire
PH22 1QH
Tel:01479 812345
http://www.rothiemurchus.net
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Rothiemurchus is a superb family run Highland Estate set at the heart of the stunning Cairngorm National Park. Passionate about delicious food, Rothiemurchus not only produces its very own succulent Highland Beef, Velvety Forest Venison and fresh Rainbow Trout all home reared on the estate, it has a plethora of other delicacies and tempting treats.

They have a superb stock of cheeses on their CHEESE COUNTER and whilst you are there, tarry awhile and walk around Loch An Eilein - pure magic and actually voted Britain's Best Picnic Spot! Rothie (as they are fondly known) also offer more than 30 different outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy. Before you leave, do try their fabulous cafe too.

Palnure
Newton Stewart
DG8 7AX
Tel:01671 403633
http://www.rowan-glen.com
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Scotland’s leading natural Yogurt producer has been producing pots of goodness for years as well as Mature and Mild cheddars. Their popular family blocks of cheese are tasty for slicing, grating and cooking in classics such as macaroni cheese, quiches and soufflés.

Rowan Glen is part of the United Dairy Farmers Group, a UK dairy farmer co-operative owned by the dairy farmers who supply it with fresh milk.

Now Rowan Glen is extending its range to drinking yogurt, with the launch of Scotland’s first home produced probiotic drink. Fruit yoghurts and deliciously creamy low fat plain ones are available too and served at certain award-winning school lunches. Here they are with their lovely stand at Royal Highland Show.

Royal Highland Centre
Ingliston
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
EH28 8NF
Tel:0131 335 6200
http://www.royalhighlandshow.org
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Every June the 'Highland' is the pinnacle of the Scottish showing year, but its appeal stretches well beyond Scotland’s borders to make it not only one of the UK’s premier agricultural shows but also a great day out for all the family, featuring many other activities including food, crafts and flowers.

One of the most popular locations at the show - and the one with the greatest footfall - is the Scotland's Larder Live at the Royal Highland. This year there are more exhibitors than ever to tempt you.

See Scotland's top cooks and chefs in action with our wonderful produce in the main Scotland's Larder Live Theatre and meet the producers in the Tasting & Talks Theatre.

This year will RHS also host the Scottish Cheese Chamionships. There is a full timetable of Cookery Shows daily with lots to taste in the complimentary 120 seat theatre.

Scottish Cheese Trail will be there hosting a pop up cheese tasting kiosk.

www.royalhighlandshow.org

Hope to see you there in the third week in June. 23rd - 26th June 2016

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Wendy’s Food Studio in Fife, for sustainable cooking courses, meetings, projects and bespoke events. Arrange your own date or see forthcoming events - a perfect gift.

This coastal venue is home to Wendy’s range of food related activities including courses on sustainable produce, log-fired cooking and food tourism; showcasing regional artisan produce, food styling and photography.

Training for Cheese Fans: Be a Cheese Champion! 

Oct 10th Please register your interest

Tour, Talk and Taste Menu

see link for dates

VS_designlogo.jpgIn 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design, experience ‘The Tiny House Movement’ for yourself at Scottish Food Studio. Small is beautiful. Enjoy a Pop Up Lunch of sustainable local produce at Wendy & Bosse’s uniquely designed 70m sq studio home. Nourish both mind and body with our Tour, Talk and Taste Menu.

For further details and forthcoming 1 Day Courses at Scottish Food Studio...

Click on link below for details...

http://www.scottishfoodguide.scot/scottish-food-studio/ 

Biodiversity and rare breed expert Bosse Dahlgren covers sustainable farming and food production aspects of these courses.

For further information and bespoke events and courses please contact wendy@scottishfoodguide.com

 

Armadale
Sleat
Isle of Skye
IV45 8RS
Tel:01471 844 462
http://www.skyefarmshop.co.uk
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skye_shop3UPDATE  June 2016 it has become Community owned. Details will be updated soon.....

Opened in 2013 this farm shop started as a dream and became a reality - and a very popular one at that! With the ethos to support and promote Skye and Highland produce, they have quite an array including: Skye & Highland Meats (see also meat entry), Skye grown fruit and vegetables (as available), Island made Jams & Chutneys, Isle of Skye Chocolate & Fudge, Pies, Sausages and a small selection of fish, Scottish Rapeseed Oils, Salad Dressings and Seasonings...in fact as my family found out when staying in self catering on Skye, everything they could ever need! They also have a very fine selection of chesses in their CHEESE COUNTER.

June 2014 it was shortlisted for the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards  'Newskye_shop2 Business Award' and 'Independent Food & Drink Retailer of the Year Award' and won the latter. 2015 brought a second win of 'Independent Food & Drink Retailer of the Year Award!' 

Falside Farm
Pittenweem
KY10 2RT
Tel:01333 312580
http://www.standrewscheese.co.uk
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  • CHEESEMAKER
  • UNPASTEURISED MILK FROM THEIR OWN HOME BRED HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN COWS
  • TRADITIONAL RENNET
  • ON FARM RETAIL AND CAFE

Visit Fife's only farmhouse cheesemakers. The glass wall allows you to watch the action and Jane's cheeses are a delicious asset to this lovely region. Her well stocked cheese counter is the perfect place to buy her excellent hand crafted award-winning cheeses. Tarry a while at their beautiful coffee shop with home baking par excellence! The wonderful home mades soups are served with her absolutely delicious freshly baked cheese scones. The elevated views from the cafe are over open countryside and the sea beyond making it a delightful place to visit. There is also a great range of cheese related foodie gifts in the shop.

“The Stewart family has farmed at Falside for over 50 years and the dairy has alwayscheese1MINI.jpg been central to the business. As nobody else in Fife is making cheese from their own milk on farm; there seemed to be public demand for, and interest in, locally produced food; and last, but not least, we love cheese – in January 2008, our first cheese was born.”

Award-winning ‘Anster’ cheese is hand-made on the farm – to a traditional recipe – by Jane Stewart, using unpasteurized milk from her husband Robert’s herd of home-bred Holstein Friesian cows. This new cheese is fresh and dry, with an almost crumbly texture that dissolves in the mouth to leave a full-flavoured finish. Her other fine cheeses include Red Anster and St Andrews Farmhouse Cheddar.

Torridon
by ACHNASHEEN
Western Highlands
Highlands & Northern Islands Members
IV22 2EY
Tel:01445 791242
http://www.thetorridon.com
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Catering in Scotland Excellence Award Independent Hotel of the Year 2016 and CiS Finalist for Sustainable Business Award 2016.  Absolutely stunning location, set in 58 acres of parkland, this glorious country house is a perfect getaway from urban pressures. You can chill and relax or embark on a range of outdoor activities should you so wish - either way you will have a wonderful time.

The Torridon is dedicated to producing creative dishes from as much local produce as possible, supporting many local producers, and growing their own in the adjacent superb kitchen gardens - all delightfully labelled for our interest.

Their great reputation for food also caught the eye of the Great British Cheese Awards where their passion for cheeses won them first prize for their CHEESEBOARD....And their excellent whisky bar would seem a fitting place to linger at the end of the day! Their award-winning chef not only excels in The Torridon kitchens but also in their Torridon Inn. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.

19 Elm Row
Edinburgh
EH7 4AA
Tel:0131 556 6066
http://www.valvonacrolla.co.uk
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When Valvona & Crolla celebrated 80 years 1934-2014 it was quite a party!
Their famous food hall emporium is an institution, complete with hanging hams and pans, display cabinets brimming with formaggio, with both Italian and Scottish artisan cheeses on their CHEESE COUNTER, salamis, fine meats and pates, and air laden with a profumo of artisan comestibles.

Wander ever deeper into their deli, enhale the aromas of good, Slow food, and eventually, passing oils and wines, freshly baked breads and rows of spices, you will reach colourful creative cooking accessories, then last but not least their lovely cafe bistro.

This World Class Italian/Scots deli is an absolute treasure trove! ....and please do click on their Cheese Map entry to view their phenomenal range of artisan cheeses!!

Multrees Walk
City of Edinburgh Members
EH1 3DQ
Tel:0131 557 0088
http://www.valvonacrolla.co.uk/html/vincaffe.html
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The latest addition to Valvona & Crolla family enterprise, from the next generation, Mary and Philip''s daughter Francesca, close by Harvey Nicks. High on style and quality dining, a very 'hip' place to be.

A keen supporter of a heady mix of both the finest Italian and Scottish produce including many fine Scottish artisan cheeses on her CHEESEBOARD.

The Wine List is selected by her Father, Philip Contini, grandson of founder Alfonso Crolla, from his award-winning range in Valvona & Crolla. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club. Open all day Mondays to Saturdays then Sunday brunch.

Achmore
Kyle of Lochalsh
IV53 8UW
Tel:01599 577203
http://www.westhighlanddairy.co.uk
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  • CHEESEMAKER & CHEESE COURSES
  • PASTEURISED MILK FROM RANGE OF COWS INCLUDING CHANNEL ISLAND
  • VEGETARIAN RENNET ON COURSES
  • FARM SHOP

Kathy and David are internationally renowned for their cheese and cheesemaking courses. Indeed I have seen Kathy's well-thumbed book 'Practical Cheesemaking' on many a cheesemaker's bookshelf in Scandinavia too!

They run courses where many of our current cheesemakers learnt their craft. TheirMain_dairy_room2 dairy was established in 1987 where training and cheesemaking took place for over 20 years. Recently they have decided to focus on their dairy training courses whilst opening the shop in the pretty crofting village of Achmore on a limited basis for the sale of ice cream and other dairy products made by students. Students may also make arrangements to bring their own milk supply.

The excellent range of cheeses they teach students include: Craig Mhaol, Coulommier, Crowdie and Blue - along with world class crème fraiche, ice cream and yoghurt. One of their delicious ice creams is with Isle of Skye Fudge - a nice highland connection. They also stock local honey and oatcakes. Look out for their sign in the village.

Whitmuir
Lamancha
West Linton
EH46 7BB
Tel:01968 661908
http://www.whitmuirtheorganicplace.co.uk
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Whitmuir is an organic working farm growing seasonal produce and rearing Tamworth pigs, Shorthorn cattle and lamb. They have also planted an 'edible and boozy hedge' - sounds like years of interesting tasting ahead!

They have a very fine CHEESE COUNTER supporting local cheesemakers across Scotland. They also have an excellent range of their own farm reared organically certified meats, fruit and vegetables and a lovely cafe. Whitmuir has also devised their Carbon Offset farm scheme and support Leadburn Community Woodland.